On April 9 a special auction of selections from the William H. Gross collections of 1847 and 1851-56 Issues will take place in New York City. The sale will be held by Charles F. Shreve and Tracy L. Shreve, in association with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries.
The 375 lots, estimated to realize $1.5 to $2 million, will be presented in a lavish hardcover catalogue. All of the sale proceeds will be donated by Mr. and Mrs. Gross to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins San Frontières and Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute.
This is the first time Mr. Gross has sold any items from his United States collection. The selection is limited to 1847 proofs, stamps and covers, and 1851-56 Issue covers. Many of the items were acquired by Mr. Gross when he purchased the intact collections formed by John R. Boker Jr., Wade Saadi and Joseph Hackmey.
Featured in the sale are some of the greatest covers of the U.S. classic imperforate era, including a superb 10¢ 1847 used from Canada and tied by the New York “Paid” cancel (ex Caspary), the 10c 1847 & 1857 Issue combination cover to California, a 3c 1851 & Hawaiian 13¢ Missionary cover, and a 3¢ 1851 and Hawaiian Kamehameha mixed-franking cover to Persia (ex Honolulu Advertiser).
Mr. Gross will continue to collect and has no plans to sell additional items from his U.S. collection. His decision to sell this material is based on his feeling that the size of his vast holdings might be depriving other collectors of the opportunity to build their own collections. His instructions were clear: go through his holdings and choose a variety of items in terms of importance and value, then sell them at unreserved auction.
The Gross sale is now available for viewing on our website www.siegelauctions.com, and the printed catalogues will be mailed this week to our list of buyers. If you do not receive Siegel U.S. catalogues on a regular basis, please visit our website to order the Gross U.S. catalogue ($30) or call our office at 212-753-6421.
ST. LOUIS STAMP EXPO VIEWING
Lots from the Gross sale, along with the 1851 Half-Cent Bisect cover (Sale 1040), will be available for viewing at the St. Louis Stamp Expo, on Friday and Saturday only, March 22-23, at the Renaissance Hotel (9801 Natural Bridge Road), Presidential Suite, Room 1116.
CHARLES F. SHREVE
TRACY L. SHREVE
SCOTT R. TREPEL